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Time for Finley and Packers to Part Ways

The Green Bay Packers want Jermichael Finley back. It seems like by all accounts that Finley wants to come back to the Packers. But is it smart for the Packers to bring back Finley, who is coming off a severe neck injury and wants to be paid like an elite tight end?


For many, that may be a surprise answer to you. I am a huge Finley believer. When healthy, I believe he is a top five tight end in the league. He is still extremely young and is a force to be dealt with against opposing defenses. He may not put up eye popping stats, but defenses continuously game plan against him. And pairing him with an extremely talented offense like Green Bay, would make other teams in the league fearful of the Pack.

So why the change of heart? It's confidence in the young guys Green Bay has coming in. Most notably, Richard Rodgers and Colt Lyerla.

Not a lot of so-called experts liked the Packers pick of Rodgers and I will admit, I was kind of surprised they drafted him that early in the third round. But from all indications so far in OTA's and Minicamp, he has natural hands and is very fluid with his pass catching skills. And, probably most importantly, has impressed quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers also took a small gamble by signing disgruntled rookie tight end Colt Lyerla. If Lyerla stayed out of trouble, could have been the second tight end drafted in this year’s NFL Draft. If he keeps his nose clean, he could be a great signing by the Packers and from all reports, is off to a great start.

The Packers also re-signed Andrew Quarless and have Brandon Bostick and Ryan Taylor coming back. Bostick is still an interesting prospect to me, as he is an athletic, former basketball player. If it can all of a sudden "click" for him, Bostick could be a nice player.

The Packers have options at tight end. Intriguing, athletic, young, potentially good players at tight end. If the Packers were to sign Finley, it would most likely only be for a one year prove it deal. Is that really worth it? The Packers might as well develop the players they have at the tight end position. With the money they would be saving by not signing Finley, they can target some of their other impending free agents like: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Bryan Bulaga.

I would love to see Finley continue to play football if he is healthy. I would love it more to see him in the Green and Gold. But, in a buisness and roster sense, it doesn't make sense to keep Finley.


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